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Training Faculty

Cancer Training Program

All Cancer TG faculty mentors are members of the Moores UCSD Cancer Center, with appointments in Chemistry & Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, or the School of Medicine. Our program also incorporates faculty from the Ludwig Cancer Institute and the Salk Institute.

Name/Contact Info

Research Topics

Jing Yang (Program Director)

Professor, School of Medicine (Pharmacology)
The Yang Lab  

Genes and signaling pathways responsible for tumor metastasis; EMT



Daniel Donoghue (Co- Director)

Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry  

Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptors (FGFRs) in human cancer; protein ubiquitination in MM and lympohoma.

Sunil Advani

Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Medicine and Applied Sciences
The Advani Lab

Mechanisms of tumor radioresistance and tumor targeted radiosensitizer delivery 

Rommie Amaro

Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
The Amaro Lab

Computational chemical biology and biophysics

Joan Brown

Professor, Pharmacology
The Brown Lab

Glioblastoma, Cardiac Hypertrophy and Heart Failure, Gq and G12, RhoA, G-Protein Coupled Receptors

Michael Burkart

Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
The Burkart Lab

Natural product synthesis/biosynthesis, chemotherapeutics; spliceosome inhibitors.

David Cheresh

Professor, School of Medicine
The Cheresh Lab 

Cancer Biology, Stem Cells, Drug Resistance

Neal Devaraj

Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
The Devaraj Research Group

Development of novel probes for detecting or manipulating cancer related pathways with special emphasis on the RAS pathway

Adam Engler

Professor, Bioengineering
The Engler Lab

Mechanobiology of cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and aging

Gen-Sheng Feng

Professor, School of Medicine
The Feng Lab

Dissecting molecular and cellular mechanisms of liver tumorigenesis.

Napoleone Ferrara

Professor, School of Medicine

Biology of angiogenesis and the identification of its regulators.

Christopher Glass

Professor, School of Medicine
The Glass Lab 

Regulation of macrophage gene expression in human cancer; PPARs in cancer.

Enfu Hui

Associate Professor, Cell & Developmental Biology
The Hui Lab

T cell signaling

Tony Hunter

Professor, Salk Institute/Biology
The Hunter Lab

Signal transduction pathways in cancer and genomic integrity; discovery and function of P-Tyr; the kinome.

Alexis Komor

Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
The Komor Lab

The chemical biology of DNA damage and repair and designing tools for genome editing.

Prashant Mali

Associate Professor, Department of Bioengineering
The Mali Lab

Cancer genetics and model systems

Alexandra Newton

Professor, School of Medicine
The Newton Lab 

Signal transduction pathways in cancer; PKC as tumor suppressor.

Amy Pasquinelli

Professor, Biology
The Pasquinelli Lab

Role of non-coding regulatory RNAs in development and cancer.

Colleen McHugh

Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
The McHugh Lab

RNA-protein interactions; Assembly of RNPs; Structural biology of multimeric complexes

Tannishtha Reya

Professor, School of Medicine
The Reya Lab 

Signaling pathway regulation in stem cells and in cancer; Musashi in pancreatic cancer.

Michael Rosenfeld

Professor, School of Medicine

Nuclear mechanisms of gene expression; epigenomic and transcriptional regulation in cancer.

David Schlaepfer

Professor, School of Medicine

Cell Migration, integrins, invasion, metastasis, signal transduction, tumor, tumor invasion; ovarian cancer.

Christian Metallo

Associate Professor, Bioengineering
The Metallo Lab

Cancer metabolism and physiology 

Pablo Tamayo

Professor, School of Medicine
The Tamayo Lab

Genomics and Cancer Research

Susan Taylor

Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Professor of Pharmacology
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
The Taylor Lab

Structure and localization of cAMP-dependent protein kinase; protein kinase structure/function; PKA translocatons in cancer.

Judith Varner

Professor, School of Medicine (Pathology) 

Tumor microenvironment: tumor inflammation and angiogenesis; immunosuppressive myeloid- derived suppressor cells.

Geoff Wahl

Professor, Salk Institue/Biology
The Wahl Lab 

Signal transduction pathways; identification of cancer- initiating cells; extrachromosomal oncogene amplification; p53 in cancer

Dong-Er Zhang

Professor, School of Medicine (Pathology)
The Zhang Lab 

Molecular basis of cancer development, progression, and treatment; AML1-ETO in human leukemia.

Jin Zhang

Professor, School of Medicine (Pharmacology)

Spatiotemporal regulation of signal transduction; MAPK and AMPK pathways in tumorigenesis.